Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Aromatherapy CEU Course – Outline and Learning Outcomes
As a professional massage therapist, you have a wide range of massage techniques and modalities available to you. Different clients have different needs, and you’ll employ a particular approach to each client depending on their particular condition and current state.
A client might come in who’s in the midst of an extremely stressful experience. Their primary concern is with relaxation: they want to de-stress. For this client, you might employ a simple, gentle technique, such as a form of Swedish massage.
Another client approaches you for massage therapy who’s suffered an acute injury of some kind. For them, another technique might be more appropriate.
At the same time, some clients come into your practice with chronic, long-standing issues that have plagued them for years and years. After carrying around a condition for so long, they need deep, intentional massage therapy in order to make any progress. For these clients, you may need to implement deep tissue massage, hot stones, hydrotherapy, or another modality that’s capable of addressing their chronic issues and creating space for healing.
No matter how many techniques you have under your belt, though, there’s always room to grow as a massage professional. Certain techniques are excellent to have on hand for particular conditions, or when a client isn’t responding to other modalities. Aromatherapy is an example of just such a treatment technique.
Essential oils are extractions of volatile liquids originating from fruits, flowers, herbs, spice plants, seeds, leaves, shrubs, and fragrant trees. The term “aromatherapy” can be misleading since it is not necessarily the aroma, rather the therapeutic effect the oils have on the body through inhalation or absorption by carrier oils or other massage lubricants.Each essential oil has unique therapeutic qualities and characteristics. They can be either sedative or stimulating; utilized through diffused oil vapor inhalation, or cell absorption and permeation. Essential oils encourage healing at a cellular level, bringing the body back to harmony and homeostasis. Aromatherapy is considered an alternative health modality, encompassing holistic concepts using the connection between the mind, body, and spirit which includes psychological and physiological components.
Are you ready to learn more about our Aromatherapy Massage CEU course? Read on to get started.
Learning Objectives for Our Aromatherapy Massage CEU Course
After reviewing this class’s learning outcomes, you’ll know exactly what this course can contribute to your professional toolkit. Beyond that, taking the time to read over learning outcomes like these in advance can be incredibly helpful for you as an adult learner. While adult learners are generally quite highly motivated, and although they do benefit from professional experience, their learning habits are sometimes slightly out of practice as compared to younger students. This isn’t a problem, though: by preparing yourself in advance for a class like this one, you’ll get the most out of it.
In general, this course will cover a range of topics, including but not limited to: the application of essential oils ; 20 commonly used oils, including their properties, indications, and contraindications; the extraction process and the precautions to be taken when using the oils; and more.
Let’s hone in on each of these topics, and examine this course’s learning outcomes in detail. After completing this program, you’ll be able to confidently:
Demonstrate Proficiency with the Applications of Essential Oils
Each essential oil has unique therapeutic qualities and characteristics. They can be either sedative or stimulating; utilized through diffused oil vapor inhalation, or cell absorption and permeation. Essential oils encourage healing at a cellular level, bringing the body back to harmony and homeostasis. Aromatherapy is considered an alternative health modality, encompassing holistic concepts using the connection between the mind, body, and spirit which includes psychological and physiological components. When used singularly, or artfully combined, essential oils have been credited with enhancing relaxation, concentration, rejuvenation and detoxification.
List 20 Commonly Used Oils
Certain oils are believed to have stronger effects on specific systems of the body. Lavender, Cypress, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Black Pepper, and Rosemary are used for Circulatory System issues. Roman chamomile, Fennel, Orange, and Peppermint are often used for Digestive problems. For the Endocrine system, it’s recommended to use clary sage, Jasmine, Rose, or PatchouliImmune System issues call for basil, Eucalyptus, or Tea Tree for the Nervous System, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender.Pine, Thyme, Frankincense, or Myrrh is great for the Respiratory System. And finally, oils that assist in Skin care are Geranium, Lavender, Tea Tree, Neroli.
Demonstrate Proficient Knowledge of the Extraction Process and the Precautions to Be Taken
While the healing benefits of essential oils was recognized thousands of years ago, it is only within the last hundred-plus years that methods were developed for efficient extraction. The three main processes are: Steam Distillation, Hydro-Distillation and Expression. The term essential oil is used to describe the essence of a plant that has been distilled. An oil obtained through any other method is called an absolute, or in the case of a carrier oil, a maceration. The oils are extracted by steam or hydro distillation.
What are CEUs, and Why are They Important?
Being a massage professional, you know that it’s vital to continue your education from year to year. This is, after all, how you grow on a professional and personal level. Continuing education takes a couple of forms. First of all, every client you see in your practice has something to teach you: clinical experience can be an amazing teacher. In addition to this, though, it’s absolutely essential to continue your education in a more traditional format, using didactic coursework. If you’ve been looking for a way to keep learning in this kind of way, we have the answer. Online massage CEUs, or Continuing Education Units, are the perfect learning approach for the busy massage professional.
And remember: while CEUs are important for your professional growth, they’re also legally mandated in most states. Indeed, all across the country, the vast majority of states require that massage therapists obtain a certain annual minimum number of CEU hours (sometimes this minimum is calculated biennially or triennially) in order to maintain they licensure in that state.
If you’re looking for an NCBTMB Approved CEU provider, you’ve found one! Panda Massage CEU™ is proud to be a premiere NCBTMB Approved Provider of CEUs. What does this mean for you? Not only will our CEU courses meet NCBTMB requirements for certification: they’ll also count towards your annual licensure requirements at the state level.
Why Choose Panda Massage CEU?
We realize that there are other providers of online CEUs out there, but we firmly believe that we offer the best CEU courses available anywhere. What makes Panda Massage CEU the clear choice?
Simply put, our courses are hands down the highest quality available online. As the premiere online massage CEU class resource, we’re 100% certain that you’ll be satisfied with our offerings.
If you’ve browsed through the classes offered by other online providers, you’ve probably noticed one thing they have in common: boring topics! We’re excited to offer a wide range of highly engaging and unique course options, include deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy, kinesiology, and more.
Have you ever taken an online class without adequate narration? It’s practically impossible to follow along with. At Panda Massage CEU, we ensure that all of our online courses are professionally narrated. That makes them easy to keep up with, which means you’ll retain more of the material presented.
Believe it or not, a lot of other online massage courses don’t include video. We believe a video component is essential to communicating information in a massage program. That’s why we include video with every single one of our classes. Not only does this help communicate the material more accurately; it also gives the course a “real” classroom feel.
If there’s one thing most massage therapists and professionals have in common, it’s their busy schedules. We understand this, and that’s why we’ve made all of our courses self-paced. This means that no matter how hectic your schedule is, you can fit our courses into your day-to-day routine.
We’ve already mentioned that our programs are high quality. But quality alone isn’t enough: when you’re looking for an online course, you want the right combination of both quality and value. We know that costs are an important factor in choosing a class, and that’s why we offer all of our online classes at great prices. And don’t forget: by taking a course online, you’ll save hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars that you would’ve otherwise spent on traveling to an in-person class in another state.